TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A grant for more than $300,000 will help the county health department increase its COVID-19 resources.
The Tippecanoe County Health Department was awarded the grant through the State Department of Health.
It will be used for IT needs, including equipment for vaccine and other mass emergency preparedness clinics.
It will also be used to upgrade the COVID hotline phone system. The system is currently housed at the county building in downtown Lafayette.
"There have been times where you've called in and got a busy signal here because there are too many phone lines coming in at once," explained Health Department Executive Assistant Amanda Balser. "So, it will be a nice upgrade to the phone system."
The health department will also be rolling out a new COVID dashboard which will provide more local data to the community.
"It's things that people have asked for during our press briefings. It's things that local officials have asked for," she added. "So, we just want to make sure that we're transparent with everybody and give as much local data as we possibly can."
Balser said there is not an exact roll-out date for the new dashboard. However, they are aiming for sometime this month.